• Predators sign Calle Jarnkrok to 6-year, $12 million deal

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Matt Carle to a one-year contract hours after signing forward Calle Jarnkrok to a six-year, $12 million contract through 2021-22.

  • In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, Comcast trucks are parked in a lot in the company's Westford, Mass. operations center. Cable companies have poured millions into new tools and hires to try to de-agonize the process of getting cable TV, internet or phone service. It’s part of a years-long effort to try to assuage customers as the specter of “cord-cutting” _ dumping cable for Netflix and the like _ haunts the industry. (AP Photo/Tali Arbel, File)

    And now it’s Comcast vs. the wait for the cable guy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear the one about the cable company that’s actually improving customer service? The punchline: Comcast and its rivals say it’s no joke.

  • Specialists Dilip Patel, left, and Glenn Carell work at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged while noting that near-term risks to the economy have diminished. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US stock indexes slip; Apple jumps on strong earnings

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday as investors digested an upbeat Fed assessment of the U.S. economy that raised the prospect of further rate hikes as they anticipate more stimulus from Japan.

  • In this June 14, 2011 file photo, various prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare’s “catastrophic” prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program’s number-crunching Office of the Actuary.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Senator: Is Medicare drug plan vulnerable to exploitation?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior senator is examining whether Medicare’s prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to manipulation by pharmaceutical companies that set very high prices for medications.

  • Watford City golf course expanding from 9 holes to 18

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — The board that oversees the golf course in Watford City is expanding the facility from nine holes to 18.

  • In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on U.S. monetary policy. The Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement Wednesday, July 27, after wrapping up a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    As Fed ends meeting, few expect much clarity on next hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With consumers spending and employers hiring more freely, the U.S. economy has fared better of late. But when the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, most analysts think it will signal that it wants to see further gains before raising interest rates again.

  • New Mexico reaches settlement in Bill Richardson-era deal

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will collect $4.9 million under a settlement agreement with a real estate investment company as the state resolves losses from a string of politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 file photo, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during an EU summit in Brussels. About a month on from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, there’s little evidence that economic activity across the continent has been derailed yet. That’s some reassurance for the 19-country eurozone as it faces a host of other problems, many of which relate to Italy, the bloc’s third-largest economy. The Brexit vote has raised the stakes in Italian Premier Matteo Renzi’s upcoming referendum on a raft of changes designed to streamline the country’s political system. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)

    Italian banks in focus as Europe shrugs off Brexit _ for now

    MILAN (AP) — About a month on from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, there’s little evidence that economic activity across the continent has been derailed yet.

  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, right, congratulates the Coordinating Minister for Legal, Politics and Security Affairs Wiranto after the inauguration ceremony for the new cabinet members at the State Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Widodo announced a new Cabinet on Wednesday that puts the retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security and returns a popular reformist to the finance ministry. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    New Indonesia Cabinet includes reformer, rights abuser

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a new Cabinet on Wednesday that puts a retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security and returns a popular reformist to the finance ministry.

  • FILE- In this July 26, 2016, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, attends the 23rd ASEAN regional retreat meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Despite the Philippines taking on China in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea and winning big, other Southeast Asian nations with similar disputes who attended this week's meetings are apparently backing down from Beijing. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Analysis: China emerges more muscular after ASEAN meetings

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Daring to take on China in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, the Philippines went to an international tribunal for justice, and won big. But it turned out to be a pyrrhic victory.